Minnesota picks Michelle Larson to head state’s medical pot program


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Minnesota’s Department of Health finally made its pick to head up the new medical cannabis program wednesday, choosing department vet Michelle Larson to lead the program as it prepares to launch over the next year. Larson comes to the program after nearly a decade with the department, and while she won’t have any say on new policy, she will help guide the shape and logistics of the cannabis program, which is set to go into effect in July 2015. There isn’t that much information out there about Larson, but what we do know is this: She’s been working in the state’s Department of Health since 2004 in varying capacities, starting as a planner and working her way up to deputy director. In her latest role, she’s primarily focused on two big issues: obesity and tobacco use.
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